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Austin Organ Co. (Opus 120, 1904)

Location:

John Wanamaker Store
770 Broadway at 9th Street
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10003 US
Auditorium
Organ ID: 12136

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 45 ranks. 3,011 pipes. 6 divisions. 4 manuals. 42 stops.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 6
  • Stops: 42
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 01, 2019:

From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: As construction was underway for the new store annex, Wanamaker ordered a large four-manual Austin organ for the "Concert Hall," an auditorium that would be three stories high and seat 1500 people on the main floor and gallery. Austin's Op. 120 was significant as it was their first large organ in the "theatre style" and would contain percussions and an automatic player. Wind pressures would be 5", 10", and 15", and the detached console had an A.G.O. "Willis model" pedalboard. The contract, dated July 20, 1904, specified that the organ was to be installed on or before the first day of November, 1904, and would cost a total of $18,119.40. Sometime in 1917-18, the Wanamaker Auditorium organ was damaged and was subsequently rebuilt and greatly enlarged in 1920-21 by the Wanamaker Organ Shop in Philadelphia.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 02, 2019.

Database Manager on November 16, 2010:

Updated through online information from Connor Annable.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 21, 2004:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 20, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist from the factory specification via Larry Trupiano and the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 02, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Auditorium interior: Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project.

Console: Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project.

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